The managing director of the Bay View Hotel in Killybegs has reiterated that the hotel’s leisure
will be closing next month because it is not financially viable.
Henry Coleman was speaking following a meeting in Killybegs on Wednesday night when the issue of the closure was discussed.
Local people are calling for the leisure
to be kept open because
pool serves local schools and groups. The hotel announced in June that the leisure
will close in September.
will close on September 1st. It’s not financially viable,”
Coleman told the Donegal Democrat. “It’s just not viable and it will be closing, but the hotel is not closing. It will still be trading
the Bayview Hotel.” He said the leisure
is available for lease.
The meeting, which is a regular meeting
by Cllr Niamh Kennedy, heard from a professional in the Irish leisure business who promised to help in a voluntary capacity with efforts to keep the swimming pool and leisure
Coleman told the meeting that the leisure
had lost €70,000 last year and such losses could not be sustained. The losses had been continuing since 2013. For the first five months of this year, the loss was €30,000, he said.
€47,000 at present were not enough to cover wages in the leisure
, apart from the other costs, he revealed. “We are happy with the way the
hotel in general
is going, but not the leisure
could not be leased within the month, it would close on September 1st.
that the leisure
is the only part of the Bay View business that was closing.
Asked by Thomas Pringle TD if it might be possible to extend the closing date to allow for a drive to increase membership,
Coleman said: “We are not closing the leisure
until 1st September and I will listen to anything between now and then.”
Niall Cull, CEO of DLR Leisure, Dublin, said he had only heard on Tuesday about the difficulties with the Bay View leisure
and he remarked that such problems were not uncommon in the hotel industry.
He told the meeting: “If I can help in any way, I will.”
Cull, who is on holidays in the south west Donegal area, said he has 30 years' experience in the leisure business, beginning in hotel management.
He explained that DLR Leisure now works closely with public authorities and educational institutions and suggested that there might be possibilities in that direction for the Killybegs leisure
Councillor Kennedy pointed out that if the leisure
closes, it will affect other businesses in the area.
It was agreed that a committee would be set up to help
efforts to keep the swimming pool and leisure